Alexis Marie Chute

About Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, author and filmmaker. She resides in Alberta, Canada with her husband Aaron and their three living children Hannah, Eden and Luca. Her second-born, Zachary, died at birth from a random cardiac tumor in 2010. Alexis Marie wrote a memoir called Expecting Sunshine about her pregnancy that followed. Through vulnerability and poetic language, she revealed the anxiety-filled anticipation of having a baby after losing a baby. While pregnant with her fourth, Alexis Marie created Expecting Sunshine Documentary to support bereaved yet growing families and educate the public of what pregnancy after loss really looks like. Alexis Marie has her Bachelor of Fine Art in visual art from the University of Alberta and her Masters of Fine Art in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Photo Life Magazine named her an “Emerging Canadian Photographer,” Avenue Magazine included her in their round-up of the Top 40 Under 40, and she was the recipient of the John Poole Award for promotion of the Arts. Alexis Marie was featured in print and video as a Mother-Expert in Today’s Parent Magazine’s Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss awareness campaign, which won first place at the 38th Annual National Magazine Awards for Best Editorial Package on the Web. Alexis Marie is a highly regarded speaker and has presented on art, writing, bereavement and the healing capacities of creativity around the world. She is widely published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and her artworks on loss, healing and resiliency have been exhibited across North America. Wanted Chosen Planned is Alexis Marie’s blog about life after the loss of a child. You can follow Alexis Marie on Twitter at both @_Alexis_Marie and @expectsunbook, Facebook at both Always Alexis Marie and Expecting Sunshine, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. She can be reached by email, and you can see her work at her websites Alexis Marie Chute, Alexis Marie Art, Alexis Marie Writes, Wanted Chosen Planned, and Expecting Sunshine.

Create a Legacy Project for your Baby

A “legacy project,” as I call it, is a great way to remember your baby that died and a special way to make him or her a part of your family moving forward. A “legacy” is something which is passed down, something given from one generation to another. Though our children’s deaths are natural order [...]

Balancing Fear and Faith in Rainbow Parenting

Parenting after the loss of a child is amazing. You have a beautiful baby in your hands. This child breathes, blinks, coos, laughs and cries. Every day is a miracle and you count your blessings. At the same time, it can also be ripe with inner anxiety. I remember giving birth to my first rainbow [...]

By | 2017-02-15T09:37:06+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Tips from PAL Moms|0 Comments

6 Ideas to Celebrate your Rainbow Baby

I often write about ways to honor the babies not with us, but I believe it is also important to celebrate our rainbows in unique ways. Here are some ideas: 1.    When you are pregnant, commission a body artist to paint your growing belly with inspiring and hopeful images. I did something like this [...]

By | 2017-01-18T09:10:51+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Writing a Gratitude Inventory

The other day I was reading a book about happiness and the author, Amit Sood, was talking about making a gratitude inventory. The idea was to make a list and reflect on people whom you are thankful for. There were different categories such as family, friends and work colleagues. One of the categories startled me: [...]

By | 2016-12-21T07:12:54+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|1 Comment

Honoring Our Birth Stories

Every woman’s birth stories are unique. These are the experiences we share as we sit around and talk about how our children entered the world. Sometimes these entrances followed our plan, other times not so much. Still, birth stories, whether they end in death or in life, share some common threads. 1. Love is the [...]

Rainbow Babies’ Gift of Remembrance

I’m sure we’ve all experienced the ache of remembrance. It happens when observing other people’s children who are the age our baby that died would have been. Or it happens when we meet pregnant women whose gestational week sets off a painful trigger. After loss, it seems impossible to avoid these situations.   I have [...]

By | 2016-10-19T12:29:38+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Announcing your Pregnancy after Loss

I have always been one to announce my pregnancies early. The excitement was too high to keep it a secret; I felt like my ginormous smile would give it away. However, when I got pregnant with Eden after Zachary died, I debated when to tell my family and friends that I was expecting again. It [...]

Family Planning after Pregnancy Loss

The decision to try for more children after loss can be complicated. It may be a joyous choice; you are focused on all the good that can come out of having a child and what your family will look like. At the same time, it can be worrisome: Will I lose another child? What are [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:07:51+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

A Conference for Bereaved Parent Advocates

  So many women and men that have experienced the loss of a child go on to become parent advocates. This is a beautiful thing. After the death of a baby, there is this gloom of isolation; the feeling of being alone in the world while carrying a heavy sorrow. I felt this after Zachary [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:08:00+00:00 July 20th, 2016|For Professionals, Tips from PAL Moms|0 Comments

Surviving Painful Triggers in Pregnancy after Loss

Facebook memories can be fun, those little reminders of what you posted a year or two years ago, or more. It can be entertaining to see what photos you shared or what you complained about back then. Or the big news you announced to all your friends. When I opened Facebook this morning, the memory [...]